Sam Bennett finished back-to-back degree wins on the BinckBank Excursion after edging a bunched dash on degree two. The Irish champion, who snatched victory in Hulst at the opening day, adopted it up with some other good effort in a bunched dash end.

The Bora-Hansgrohe rider gained the 169.1km-stage from Blankenberge to Ardooie forward of second-placed Belgian Jasper Philipsen (UAE Crew Emirates) and Holland’s Dylan Groenewegen (Crew Jumbo-Visma), who used to be 3rd.

“I will’t imagine it,” Bennett instructed the Excursion’s professional Twitter feed. “After 70km my legs were not that groovy, so I did not be expecting to in point of fact get a consequence as of late. However the final 10km, the men sorted me so smartly all day, saved me on the entrance, and I believe that I used to be saving such a lot when others had been dropping it on the again.

“Finally I had sufficient legs to get the win and I am thrilled with that. I in point of fact did not suppose I may get a moment win right here.”

The primary part of the race used to be overshadowed by means of a nasty crash, which compelled Jumbo-Visma’s Maarten Wynants and Crew Ineos rider Chris Lawless to desert.

The Binck Banck Excursion continues on Wednesday with the 137.8km 3rd degree from Aalter to Aalter and concludes on Sunday.

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